Workshop Drywall

On the path towards reaching my workshop goals, I needed to make some serious progress on the interior of the shop. As I’ve said before, this will be used year round (if it is ever finished), and so I have taken care to insulate it appropriately. I started by insulating in between the floor joists before installing the sub-floor, and recently I finished insulating the walls with standard fiberglass insulation. Hanging insulation is a technically easy task, just cut the insulation to size using a razor blade and then use a staple gun to attach the edges of the insulation to the studs. However, that sentence does not truly capture how hot and itchy the task was, even when wearing long sleeves/pants and a face mask. 

Insulating in progress

After stapling everything in place I was able to appreciate the accomplishment, and I know I’ll appreciate it in the upcoming winters and summers as I do my best to regulate the temperature in there.

The appreciating didn’t last long as I immediately began the arduous task of hanging the drywall. I used ⅜” drywall to try and cut down the weight a little bit, which is more than a sufficient thickness in a small workshop like this. 

Beginning to hang the drywall

As you can see above on the right wall of the photo, I installed a 1×4” piece of wood as a guide to hold the drywall weight as I got a few screws set into place. There is no way I could have completed this job on my own without using that guide. 

Additionally, I only put drywall on the walls, and not the ceiling. This is because I wanted to leave access to the roof trusses as storage racks. Allyson and I do have a plan to finish the underside of the roof. 

Sweet in progress photo, both of the drywall and my belly as I try to lose weight.
Finished product, minus cutting out the windows and completing all the mudding.

What a difference hanging the drywall makes. Seeing the interior come together has really invigorated me in this build, and I’m excited to start mudding the walls and getting to paint everything.

Coffee World Tour

I have some bad news regarding the coffee world tour. It is going to be put on an indefinite hiatus. This decision hasn’t come lightly. I do love my coffee, but it is necessary for my mental health. A couple of weeks ago I had a minor panic attack while at work. It’s not something I’ve ever experienced before and seemed to come out of nowhere, with no apparent triggers or stressors. Not a fun thing and I definitely do not want it to happen again, so I’m taking a couple of steps to take care of myself. I’m continuing to exercise at least 5 days a week, I am actively trying to use my phone less, and I am giving up caffeine for the foreseeable future. There is a chance I will continue this journey in the future, but for now there will be no more coffee world tour posts. Yes, I could use decaf, but honestly what is the point?

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